California firefighter dies while battling blaze near Yosemite National Park

Blake Scott- National Park Service  Sierra Fire Watch Ferguson Fire has grown more than 9000 acres since it started on Friday evening

Blake Scott- National Park Service Sierra Fire Watch Ferguson Fire has grown more than 9000 acres since it started on Friday evening

Weather in the area is expected to remain hot and dry for the next week.

On Saturday, a heavy equipment operator died on the fire line trying to dig a trench to keep the flames from extending into a nearby community.

Braden Varney was killed on the fireline while operating a bulldozer at the Ferguson Fire early this morning, said Scott Maclean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). Some rural communities and several lodges and hotels have been evacuated.

Details on how he died are not being released at this time.

The US Forest is also now in the process of transitioning into a unified command with CAL Fire as more structures are becoming threatened, notably near the communities of Jerseydale and Yosemite West.

A park official says all trails, campgrounds, restaurants and lodges at Yosemite National Park are open, though smoke from a nearby deadly wildfire is polluting the air and limiting visibility. The area where the firefighters were working has steep terrain and is largely inaccessible.

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Varney was cutting a fire break to prevent the blaze from spreading when his bulldozer rolled over and he was killed, Koerperich said.

State Route 140, a key route into the park, was partially shut down over weekend, forcing motorist to find alternate ways inside.

The Ferguson Fire is one of dozens burning across California and the West as the region struggles with high temperatures that have dramatically increased fire danger.

McLean said he couldn't recall firefighter deaths coming so close together in California in many years.

Crews got full control over a stubborn fire that scorched 142 square miles of brush and destroyed 20 structures in Yolo and Napa counties. Varney had been with Cal Fire for a decade. He is survived by his wife, Jessica; daughter Malhea, 5; and son Nolan, 3.

Governor Jerry Brown has ordered flags at the California Capitol to be flown at half-staff to honor "a man who dedicated his life to protecting his fellow Californians".

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